Wabasha County, Minnesota

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Wabasha County, Minnesota
Wabasha City Hall 1.JPG
Old Wabasha City Hall in Wabasha, Minnesota.
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wabasha County
Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849[1]
Named for Three successive chiefs of Mississippi bands of Dakota Indians[2]
Seat Wabasha
Largest city Lake City
Area
 • Total 550 sq mi (1,424 km2)
 • Land 523 sq mi (1,355 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 4.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 21,273
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.wabasha.mn.us

Wabasha County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,676.[3] Its county seat is Wabasha.[4] The county was founded in 1849.

Wabasha County is included in the Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 550 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 523 square miles (1,350 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.8%) is water.[5] Wabasha is one of 17 Minnesota counties with more savanna soils than either forest or prairie soils.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[6]
Soils of Carley State Park area

Major highways[edit]

Lakes[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 243
1860 7,228 2,874.5%
1870 15,850 119.3%
1880 18,206 14.9%
1890 16,972 −6.8%
1900 18,924 11.5%
1910 18,554 −2.0%
1920 17,919 −3.4%
1930 19,613 9.5%
1940 17,653 −10.0%
1950 16,878 −4.4%
1960 17,007 0.8%
1970 17,224 1.3%
1980 19,335 12.3%
1990 19,744 2.1%
2000 21,610 9.5%
2010 21,676 0.3%
Est. 2016 21,273 [7] −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[3]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 21,610 people, 8,277 households, and 5,876 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 9,066 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 1.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 53.3% were of German, 11.1% Norwegian, 7.3% Irish and 5.0% American ancestry.

There were 8,277 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,117, and the median income for a family was $50,480. Males had a median income of $33,053 versus $24,316 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,664. About 4.10% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.00% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Wabasha County Jail, built 1916.

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 59.1% 6,989 32.7% 3,866 8.3% 977
2012 51.4% 6,049 46.0% 5,415 2.5% 299
2008 49.9% 5,935 47.5% 5,646 2.6% 312
2004 51.7% 6,120 46.9% 5,548 1.4% 167
2000 49.8% 5,245 42.9% 4,522 7.3% 764
1996 36.1% 3,452 47.3% 4,523 16.7% 1,598
1992 33.3% 3,397 36.6% 3,736 30.2% 3,084
1988 50.8% 4,681 48.2% 4,442 1.0% 92
1984 57.3% 5,299 41.9% 3,872 0.8% 76
1980 52.8% 4,986 39.3% 3,712 8.0% 755
1976 49.6% 4,484 47.4% 4,286 3.1% 279
1972 61.3% 5,158 35.9% 3,017 2.8% 238
1968 51.8% 4,081 43.8% 3,452 4.5% 353
1964 41.8% 3,133 58.2% 4,367 0.1% 4
1960 55.7% 4,566 44.3% 3,628 0.0% 3
1956 66.9% 4,728 32.6% 2,301 0.6% 39
1952 69.6% 5,461 30.0% 2,356 0.3% 26
1948 46.4% 3,297 52.5% 3,730 1.1% 75
1944 62.6% 4,213 36.9% 2,482 0.5% 33
1940 68.0% 5,656 31.9% 2,655 0.2% 13
1936 34.6% 2,663 53.6% 4,122 11.9% 912
1932 33.2% 2,319 65.1% 4,540 1.7% 119
1928 55.8% 3,944 43.7% 3,087 0.5% 32
1924 44.9% 2,834 10.2% 644 44.9% 2,829
1920 77.1% 4,907 20.0% 1,275 2.9% 182
1916 53.1% 1,787 43.1% 1,449 3.8% 129
1912 23.3% 797 41.6% 1,422 35.1% 1,198
1908 58.4% 2,150 38.4% 1,416 3.2% 118
1904 66.1% 2,315 30.9% 1,083 2.9% 102
1900 57.7% 2,114 38.4% 1,406 4.0% 145
1896 58.9% 2,530 37.9% 1,630 3.2% 138
1892 43.2% 1,580 48.5% 1,774 8.4% 307

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 555. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43-48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 44°17′N 92°14′W / 44.28°N 92.24°W / 44.28; -92.24